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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 17, 2012

September 17, 2012

Review counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:

# of Days
581 Silica (proposed rule)
300 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
82 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
25 Standards Improvement Project IV (pre-rule)

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – part of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget – reviews proposed regulations. The process is required for most rules before they can move forward, and typically takes 90 days.


The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission discusses how to resolve cases more effectively.

OSHA announces recipients of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program funding.

Notable proposed fines

$148,000 total to three contractors and four subcontractors for allegations of exposing workers at a San Antonio apartment complex to asbestos

$104,000 (.pdf file) to a Montana foundry for citations that include failure to administer an effective hearing conservation program, machine guarding deficiencies, elevated respirable silica levels and not providing a fully implemented respiratory protection program

Happening this week

Sept. 17 – Deadline to submit nominations for MACOSH membership

Sept. 17-20 – 24th Annual Chicagoland Safety and Health Conference

Sept. 20-21 – Stakeholder meeting to discuss federal agencies’ possible use of a performance-based regulatory model

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